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to the u.s. participation in world war i. this event held at the 10 main pc in a new york city is about an hour. [applause] >> thank you, boris. it is a pleasure to be here. thank you offer coming out for this. i just want to second what saab want the same about the museum, the tenement museum. if you have not taken the tour down the block here, which is really the core mission of this museum is to interpret that tenement house built in 1863 and the generations of immigrants who became new yorkers partly through living there. you really know what to yourself. it's indispensable to understanding new york city's history in the 19th and early 20th century histories. it's really a gift to the city of new york that we have this museum. so i encourage you, even if you take a mature before, please come back and take it again because the tours are changing and it's a wonderful it areas. as someone mentioned, i'm here tonight to talk about my book, "new york at war." publishers and images, powerpoint presentations come as some of which are in the book, others not in the book. the book itself rea
in the 1970s. and she was very generous and sweet and took me along for this ride, and this is the story from that ride which is entitled letter from a birmingham suburb. it's way too early. the sun is barely out, it's cold out, and alicia thomas is warming up the engine of her big yellow school bus. she cranks the heat for her two boys. still bundled up, they're pulling out their schoolbooks. up in the front row i reach over and hand miss alicia the warm cup of coffee i'd promised when she invited me along for the ride. she says thank you with a sweet, sunny alabama smile. we idle a few minutes, then she puts the bus in gear, and we're off. alicia thomas drives the bus. not the regular bus and not the short bus. she drives the other bus, the bus that brings the black kids. every weekday morning for nearly four decades her bus, or a bus quite like it, has followed the same route out there the suburbs of birmingham up columbian that road and out into the ox omore valley below. there in oxmore the bus picks up its quota and hauls it back to the lille hi-white enclave where i went to high school
's speak iraq. in the early '80s, the prime minister decided to attack the nuclear reactor in iraq. it wasn't popular here in the u.s., but we did it. and we we were condemned by the u.s., by the state department, we were condemned by the u.n., but years later people exearkted that the -- appreciated that the, grave decision that prime minister begin took in 198 is 1 was for the benefit of the american people. because when you, the american army, invaded iraq, you were able do into the region without taking the risk that iran was nuclear. i'm sure there are some young jewish people in the audience, and for us, i don't mean -- yom kippur is the holiest day of the year. 1973 during the yom kippur, that's something i found out even though i thought i knew everything before i wrote the book, but while doing the research, i learned myself a lot, and i found out that in 1973 when the egyptian and syrian armies caught us by surprise and we were almost in a point that we would have lost the war, and when we lose the war, you know where we can go to, to the sea. it's not that the war that you fight
poured hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money -- this is in the '60s, mind you, '60s and early '70s -- into this political party so that alabamians could vote for lyndon johnson rather than george wallace and that the hundreds of thousands of newly-registered black voters would have people to vote for. could not just vote, but also run for office. and so that was his life's work, and he was very much committed to recapturing the greatness of african-americans in the terms of political participation. he was very steeped in the era of reconstruction because his grandfather had been a reconstruction legislator, and he grew up hearing about his grandfather, grandpa herschel, while he was coming of age in jim crow, and it radicalized him to be living under jim crow in alabama while hearing about the fact that black people used to actually have political power and be in office including his own family. >> well, who was herschel cashin? >> that was my great grandfather. handsome man, isn't he? [laughter] he was in our family lore, herschel cashin was the first black lawyer in the stat
and the state department of the 1920s and the 1930s showed admirable tolerance for the eccentricities of george f. kennan. i always thought george f. kennan resigned from the foreign service more times than anybody else in the state department would always come back and say don't do it. .. technologies available to us. it was just making the point that if you ask about -- look at history through aviation, you would say history has not changed much in the last 60 years. we still fly at exactly the same speed. on airliners that, if anything, are less comfortable than they were then. if you look at the speed of communication, and the declining cost of communication, that is a totally different world. from the world when the first jetliners were developed. and in that sense, yes, it looks like history has speeded up. but i'm going to be flying to england next week, and i think i'm going to have the sense, as i fly there that history is moving very slowly indeed. >> john gaddis is the author of this book "george kennan: an american life." he joins us here at the book philosophy. thank you so much.
's development, but the east coast was packed with them, and the united states, the continental core of the u.s. was the last resource rich part of the zone that was settled and waterways flowing in a convenient east-west fashion than the rest of the world's waterways combined. so i'm saying that americans -- we're important not only because of their ideas and their democracy but because of where we happen to live as well, and so that's why these things, like mountains matter. the himalayas matter. they have allowed india and china to develop into who completely disstink great world civilizations without having much to do with each other, through long periods of history. >> so let's take that image that you offered of america, this amazingly suitable geographical place with all these great natural harbors and rivers that run the right way, but that was true for thousands of years, and did not lead to the development in what we think of as the united states, to great civilization, outreaching. it wasn't until european civilization arrived and began to make powerful use of those great harbors and
between the north and the south. ulysses grant, probably s the most famous one. the one who was the head of the victorious union army. he came back here, got into politics, was a very loyal republican, obviously, was elected as a republican president. there were others, william henry harrison before the civil war, was a soldier here in ohio who's actually born in virginia, but he did his soldiering here in ohio and indiana. all three states claimed him. but he was successful partly because he was able to adapt to the midwest and appeal to people kind of on both sides of the aisle politically. as you go into the 20th century, william howard taft was both supreme court chief justice and before that a president of the united states, came from cincinnati. cincinnati in some ways was a southern town because it was oriented, its trade was with the south along the ohio river and the mississippi. it also was the home of the underground railroad. so if you could get slaves -- the slaves could get out of kentucky and cross the ohio river, in some ways they were safe in ohio. and then they could be
have the foundations. so in d.c. we have two examples, such as the foundation u.s.a. and calvert foundation but there are whole hot of these institutions. you give your money to one of these intermediary asks they apparently invest this in the -- in your best interests and in the best interests of the poor by channeling this money to these small banks in developing countries that are going to do effective microfinance. that's the idea. that's the theory. >> well, this book has been promoted and my understanding is that members of the church congregations, people making responsible investments are flocking to this opportunity. tell us about some of the people providing the money. >> it's now become what mott people would say is a huge bubble. it was extremely overhyped as a miracle cure and it managed to attract money from unbelievable sources and in vast sums. currently the private microfinance capital invest is $70 billion and is growing at probably at least a billion or two billion dollars a month. so it's a huge industry, and the problem that people don't really think about is
about why i wrote a book on drone warfare. it really dates back now to over 10 years when the u.s., after 9/11 invaded afghanistan. i do know some of you are to run to remember, but others have asked might remember looking at our tv screens and seeing the pictures of these very serious the new weapons that we had in this idea that we now have these precision weapons would only target people they wanted to get. i would not result in capital or damage. it was almost a way to say to people, calm down, don't be worried. we won't be killing innocent people. so i was worried because i don't have a sense the latest and greatest new weapon is going to attack innocent people. and went to afghanistan three weeks after the invasion with several other colleagues and others before we even got into afghanistan that we found already people who would be considered collateral damage. the first young woman i met someone who sticks with me. she was 13 or so to my dad at that time was 13 or so it and i felt an affinity with her and asked her if i could learn about her story and she took it back to he
, defense, courts, feminism, andle even then phonic textbook for children called "first reader."s the newest book released this month is no higher power, obama's water on religious freedom. please welcome phyllis schlafly. [applause] [applause]er [applause] >> thank you very much, ann.the and gooda morning students. there are a lot of good books about obama. different aspecteds of his w one o but there wasn't one on a veryti important issue. and that's why i wrote this one, "no higher power: obama's war on religious freedom."rack on october 31st, 2008, barack obama said, we are five dayslly away from fundamentally transforming the united states.s few americans realized how cad really a that was and what kind of transformation he planned. he was goal was not merely to spread w the wealth as he told e the plumber.s t his goal is to transform america from one nation under god, as we proudly proclaim in a pledge of aleans to a totally secular country we're allowed ton t recognize no higher power thansp the federal government. especially the executive branch.o the it when barack obama m
to the u.s. participation in world war i. this event held at the tenement museum in new york city is about an hour. [applause] >> thank you, maurice. it's a pleasure to be here. thank you all for coming for this. i just want to second but morris was saying earlier about the museum, but the tenement museum. if you have not taken this to her of 97 down the block here, which is really the core mission of this museum is to interpret that tenement house that was built in 1863 and the generations of immigrants who became new yorkers partly through living there, he really over to yourself. i really think it's indispensable to understanding new york city's history in the 19th and early 20th centuries and it is really a gift to the city of new york that we have this museum. i encourage you even if you take a mature before, come please come back and take it again because there's new tours changing and it's a wonderful experience. as morris mentioned, i am here tonight to talk about my book "new york at war." i'm going to sho
has won a string of awards and probably the most relevant for today is the 2,009 u.s. naval institute general price but he has won awards from the air force for historicalwriting, the north american society for oceanographic history. that sounded pretty cool. you grew up to become an aviator but as mentioned he was the real from that and he's done the next best thing he says writing all these wonderful books about airborne warfare and related topics. his latest, the legendary world war ii aircraft carrier enterprise team and was inspired by a landmark book by the retired author who wrote the story of the uss enterprise in 1962. and the article in the arizona republic the interview that he did went on to say that surely the world needs a landmark book about the enterprise every 50 years the would make it worthwhile to come back and do another landmark book about the enterprise. islamic this is the inspiration for my abiding interest in the enterprise. the paperback was published in 1964 and you can do the math. this was the summer after my freshman year in high school, and during the c
of out of print manuscript in the books written in the 1920's. there were further than the wheeler and dealer and he was less than the gene yes. the more obvious it was that you could never tell the story of billy and alfred without telling the story of their peers all of whom as it turned out or just as strong willed and fascinating in their own ways as durant and slow in and their destiny tied to the interactions that they had with billy and alfred. the men like david to make that invented the process for bonding porcelain to metal that made the plumbing fixtures possible and then went on to create a buick motor to lose control of it within a year billy within the dying in the board of the traits harper hospital. then like henry the master of the precision manufacturing who took over a company that had been started by henry ford, renamed it cadillac and then sold to general motors only to have a falling out and then started getting another company called lamken only to watch it go bankrupt by his original nemesis henry ford. the list of characters kept growing and it's even more
, value the seas s. grant the head of the army came back and got to into politics as a loyal republican. william perry harris then was a soldier here in ohio born in virginia. all three states claimed him but he was successful because he could adapt to the midwest. going into the 20th century with william howard taft, president of the united states, as cincinnati was a southern town and trade was with the south and home of the underground railroad. they can get at of kentucky and were safe and could be disbursed partying was from marion ohio, william mckinley elected president sell a bunch of ohio wins. james garfield you have presidents who came during this period after the civil war up through the 1920's pulling presidents from other parts of the country that tend to be more moderate. not ideologues that is still true statewide. attendance the to be more pragmatic and light -- less ideological. if you try to compete in the general election in helps to swing to the middle. but ohio generally is the average state. almost every demographic group is well represented here. catholic, fundam
mcgarvey parades from the roof of an abyssinian baptist church in early 1920s. he would eventually become an all city track star and one of the first black students at the university am aware he also began to learn the journalistic craft. of course, during the 1920s, harlem was in a renaissance in the heart of the jazz age. ottley was obsessed with musical theater. with the plays of broadway and the jazz music. in the 1930s, the years of the great depression, i think these were formative years for him. he came back from school to help his family. he got a job in the city of new york's welfare department. and witnessed first-hand the immense suffering of his neighbors. and he also started writing. he started doing music and theater reviews for the amsterdam news in harlem and he parlayed that eventually into a regular column that covered all aspects of harlem life, including, and especially, politics. harlem during those years was a sort of political hothouse. ottley was quickly sucked into the rough-and-tumble of the political life better. he was an active participant in the amsterdam new
we do not agree with you. if we don't do it but first in the early '80s deciding to attack the nuclear reactor in iraq not popular in the u.s. but we did it and we were condemned by the state department and the when years later people appreciated that decision that he took in 1981 was for the benefit of the american people. the american army invades iraq could go win and in 19731 and jewish declared it the holiest day of the year. during the yum! kippur war. i thought i knew everything before the book but i've learned a lot with reset -- research. 1973 with the egyptian and civilian army is caught us by surprise, we almost lost the war. it is not the war the fight yen the it now or afghanistan but it means we are out of the game. we were to the point* first day of the war the state department sent a telegram to the embassy. there was a message from kissinger telling us israelis, wait. hold your horses. do not take action because kissinger will move forward. at that time they egyptian and civilian armies were already on the way to destroy the jewish state. the prime minister
hornfischer discusses his work "neptune's inferno: the u.s. navy at guadalcanal." he spoke as part of the toronto called the symposium hold in norwich in northfield vermont. this is about 55 minutes. >> good afternoon. it is my distinct pleasure to present to you at our colby symposium, writer and speaker, james hornfischer. hornfischer is quickly establishing himself as doing for the navy of popular historian stephen ambrose said for the army. this quote is from the rocky mountain news and they feel mr. hornfischer are aptly describes in very well. mr. hornfischer is the author of three, one samuel eliot wars and the word for naval literature and was recently named a naval history magazine as one of a dozen all-time naval classes. his second book, ship of ghosts about the cruiser uss houston is a selection of the history books and the military book club and the winner and 2007 at the night to maritime literature award. his most recent book, "neptune's inferno" published by bantam in 2011 is a major new talent of the auto canal naval campaign. now president of the hse hornfischer m
the city connected to the counterculture movement of 1960s, witnessed a series of transformative events in the decades from the assassination of mayor george moscone and harvey milk to the onset of the aids epidemic. this is just under an hour. [applause] >> thank you so much and thank you or breathing the san francisco juggernaut as i call him the outcome of tv here tonight. it is actually -- thank you to booksmith for having me. i love to hang out the store. i am a customer more than an author and hopefully it felt keep your business over the years. the superb rib for this weather because it's very him and mike. and with tree into, people knew the hippie dippy through stereotypes about the city, but i really wanted, with "season of the witch" to tell the history of the city as batchelor had a semi-different at the same sense that the city's toughness, it's a mystery in this kind of rugged atmosphere. many people forget this game at cisco, before they hippie era was then passed irish cat to come@catholic towns from a very traditional in many ways in the first wave of hippies the
is amazingly detailed, yet remarkably historic accountu of rrthe worst national disaster in u.s. history, that of courset is they, w galveston hurricane f 1900. life america at theoa turn of the century and the destruction of the city which du was at the time the jewel of th, south.who joi us it was new york city to be ofe a the gulf coast. he meticulously documented thetl stories, the author that strength us here today brings t0 life and human drama and survival of the hurricane thate8 slammed into galveston almost 100 years ago today, actuallyfos 400 years ago coming up on september 8th. the answer given that it is the 100 evers rate coming up, this is a great time for us to look back on the tragedy that unfolded, and the nonfiction yu account of erik larsen. now before i introduce his work and how he went aboutanatmy o researching this nonfiction work, i want to take a few minutes to discuss hurricanes,an the anatomy of hurricanes, howhw we go about tracking ofright afd forecasting and i also want to step back inal time to actually show some footage the was taken right after the damag
, but increasing numbers are becoming unhinged. there are three main d.c.'s about the gop in my book. the first is that the gop worships wealth of the wealthy and subordinate every other domestic economic issue to that fact. while they try to make the deficit and debt reduction their signature issue is a former house and senate budget committee staffer, i believe that is safe only plan. they will be subordinate deficit reduction to giving tax breaks to the wealthy contributors. and that romney's current tax plan is a case in point. it would increase the deficit by $6 trillion over 10 years. ask yourself now, which loophole is he going to cause to make up the difference? he doesn't say and there aren't enough loopholes to do that in any case. most middle-class people like you do not consider the mortgage interest deduction to be a loophole. unlike the deductibility. and in the recent past, congressional republicans have refused to repeal that even the egregious tax loophole a corporate jet to the deficit claims are essentially fraudulent. it's simply bait for the rooms. and yes, they consider al
that the generation that fought the war talked about in the 1940s and the 1950s. there's some similarity in our current and temporary conversation, that there are distinct differences and i want to look a little more at those differences today, and maybe suggest why those changes that changed have taken place. the other day it struck me in looking at the way americans remembered the war, not so much the war itself, was that there was wide disagreement. there were a lot of issues, and that's to be expected. when we talk today and refer to trend as the good war thought by the greatest generation, we sort of minimize and reduce the complexity in all of the fresh perspectives and attitudes and feelings people have. i mean, what would you expect? you've got 140 million people thrown into probably the most violent struggle in human history. do you think they all sat back in 1946 and said we are the genders -- the greatest generation that fought the big war, or do you think there were issues? in that sort of statement is a historical trajectory or historical pattern where the complexity becomes narrow
>> most history books portray north vietnam's decision to go to war in the late 1950s and early 1960s solely at the response of the situation in south vietnam. basically during this period south vietnamese congress forces were being eradicated by saigon troops and said that called upon the party for help. according to this interpretation, "hanoi's war" was a defensive protective measure. although i agree the southern cries for help were important to north vietnamese leaders, what i found was party leaders in hanoi might've also had internal problems. there were no internal problems on a mine when they made the decision to go to war. following an unsuccessful land reform campaign facing increasing opposition and criticism from among the intelligentsia and the major cities, and finally the road to socialism over all extreme it difficult with state plans that were not coming to fruition, party leaders concluded revolutionary war in the south have the power to deflect from the powers domestic problems in the north. wag the dog so to speak. so in addition to parting the hedge in hano
u.s. became a leader again, not because of missiles and rockets and great armies and all that is central though they may be. it's because renovated for doing things that inspire the rest of the world to >> author steve forbes is trying to send booktv on c-span 2. >> up next -- >> on your screen now is the cover of a new book coming out august 2012, "seven principles of good government: liberty, people and politics." it's written by former new mexico governor, gary johnson. and he is also the libertarian party nominee for president in 2012. governor john said, when and why did you leave the republican party and become a libertarian? >> you know, i've probably been a libertarian my entire life. this is just kind of coming out of the closet. i don't think i am unlike most americans. i think there's a lot more americans in this country that declare themselves libertarians as opposed to voting libertarian. so the picture and trying to make right now is vote libertarian with me this one time. give me a shot at changing things. and if it does somewhere, you can always return to
treated everybody the same, whether you're a cabinet secretary or the guy at the u.s. air counter. >> i remember just covering the world. >> that famous story of putting the book about how he lived literally sleep in the airplane and lay down underneath the seats. >> on the floor. >> he would lay down on the ground. [inaudible] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible] >> i want to just give you a quick summary of why what the bug. a lot of folks came up to me at egad qaeda and said he was a good man and i didn't quite know what that man. i thought it was something nice people said to his son as he was losing his father, but i realized when i started thinking about it, he was hailed as a great man in newspapers and so forth, but what made him good with the fact that he was married to the woman of extreme for 56 years. he raised five kids, all who loved him. you do daily intense relationship with god. he went to mass every day. yet countless friends. and i don't mean senator casey or congressman or governor's cabinet secretary. he had those fronts, but he also had a guy at the u.s. air count
to health care is a something that will strategic an intro to what they were dealing with in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but also as part of a larger tradition and black activism responding to medical discrimination. >> host: so what was, what transpired in the black panther party and medical care? >> guest: lots of interesting things. they had by the late 1960s a national network of health clinics. it was mandated in the party by 1970 that every chapter of the party, if you're going to be a black panther party, by 1969 the resource bringing up all over because the panthers had captured the attention of a whole generation that disaffected young people. if you're going to start a chapter you have to have a health care clinic. they also within these clinics, it was often just basic preventive care. is often referrals to care for people who had more serious issues, and they also did a thing quite half breaking things like genetic screening. so they did genetic counseling and genetic screen for sickle cell anemia well before it was a national issue. while before we were talking about sickle
in eastern. >> his thoughts on the interpretation of the u.s. constitution and what the author teams are many obtuse passages. the constitution cannot be understood by its original text alone, but through historical precedent. discusses his book with supreme court justice clarence thomas at the national archives here in washington. this is about power and 20 minutes. >> could evening. it's a pleasure to welcome you to the national archive. a special welcome to our friends at c-span and the other media outlets to are with us tonight. special guest in the audience today that i want to single out for special welcome, senator mike lee who is a good friend of the national archives. the future supreme court justice , he was at the u.s. court of appeals for the third circuit. welcome. on monday the constitution of the u.s. states turned 225. tonight's program is one of several that the national archives is presenting this month in celebration of the founding document signed in philadelphia on september 17th 1787. tonight we're honored to welcome to distinguished guests to explore the past, present a
in august of 1835. the two subsequent criminal trials by d.c.'s district attorney, francis scott key. he authored the star spangled banner and defended slavery in his prosecution and it sought capital punishment only to be thwarted by the alleged victim whose late husband designed to the u.s. capitol. this is just over 50 minutes. [applause] >> they key event but. and they give for hosting this event. i suggest that this, back in the winter. there was never anything less than enthusiastic. this was not always my destination when i came from the minneapolis bookstore, and i'm glad i landed here. some want to tell you a little about the book. i'm going to read a little about the book. many old familiar faces. you know, whenever i come back from minneapolis i have this feeling of what a special place. at think there are probably a few people here who will at least remember the place, if not agree with me. and so it is always nice to be back with old friends. i've really take myself. i even attended an advanced placement class at the old west as cool which was right down here. you have to be
for the middle class in the u.s.. he argues that by the mid 2020s, american workers will see a significant decrease in their incomes and have fewer opportunities for employment as service jobs move overseas. this is a little over an hour, and it's next on booktv. [applause] >> well, hello, everyone, and thanks, rich, for that very generous introduction. i don't know if i deserve it. on the other hand, i lost most of my hair, and i don't think i deserved that either. [laughter] in the long run, maybe all these things work out. i'm really honored to be the kickoff speaker for this great series. i think it's a wonderful idea, and i urge you to come back if you don't like what i say, come back next time anyway, and if you like what i say, come back. as rich says, he and i go back quite away, and i was just reminding him that we reminded each other the first time we met was at a cafe in boston with barry bluestone, and we spent three hours talking political ideas, and we have not stopped really ever since. as a matter of fact, last summer when i was still in the middle of the writing this book,
.gov/bookfest. jeffrey to the reports on the relationship which in the obama administration and the u.s. supreme court. the author exam of the recent addition of the four justices in the past five years and how it has affected the court's decisions on the numerous cases including its recent ruling on health care. it's about an hour. [applause] thank you. hello, everybody. so excited to be here in philadelphia. i know that is the usual pandering that goes on by the speakers but in my case it happens to be true. i am not myself from philadelphia, but my dad was at the high school. [applause] depending has just begun. curtis institute. i don't know if we have any more here and he went to temple as well and he taught me that the streets were paved and i have enjoyed my visit ever since. i'm really happy to be talking about the oath. italy cannot today's ago. so far, so good. it's exciting. you work on these books and people like to lead them. it's exciting to the answer, but the start by asking the first question that i know is on your mind, which is who is your favorite justice? [laughter] it's not elena
-american girl. but she was actually quite a radical. she was a sort of 60s girl before the 60s. and she wanted to marry a third world anti-american guy. found one, barack obama. he divorced her and she went looking for another third world anti-american guy and found one again, an indonesian guy named lolo sipura. the point about obama's father was dead even in the absence of the father, the mother cultivated in young obama does reverend. your father is a mythic figure. kind of like you might compare to mandela or gandhi, a great freedom fighter. now in reality, barack obama was not bad. he was either philandering at harvard or driving drunk in kenya. he ultimately killed a man in a truck driving accident. so this is not the real barack obama senior. but this is the idea cultivated in obama's mind. interest only when obama got older, he realized that his dad was not like that. his sister told him, where he revering this great data bars? he actually was not the guy you think he was and obama has sort of a crisis. one of the pivotal themes in our film is when obama goes to his father's grave. ..
program from the 1960s that persist to this day in the idea to get people job-training and go back into the market and find jobs. but the first had been abysmal. like most people -- about of the third people don't even show up to the program and of the ones who do, most of them never find work in their field or they wind up at a barely over minimum wage job in the program cost as much as a cost to put it back to harvard for a year. see what they clearly this is a failure. as for private-sector program, would be laughing at how corrupt the capitalist people are. but if it's a government program can we say of us just be they haven't spent enough money or whatever. so when i say this to my students, if one who says that the program fails, what is that persist quite at that there was a wonderful, beautiful naÏve question. it persists because congressmen around the country will say this is a factor in their cap. i voted for the job corps cannot hope to bring helpful programs. but no one asked is how many people ever got employed. i have a friend economist who did a study. how many of t
, his ab mentation was -- and this was in the 60's mind you, and early 70's into his political party, so that alabamians could vote for lyndon johnson rather than george wallace and the hundreds of thousands of newly registered by voters would have people to vote for. not just vote but run for office and so that was his life's work and he was very much committed to read capturing the greatness of african-americans in terms of the political participation and very steeped in the arab reconstruction. his grandfather had been a reconstruction legislator and he grew up hearing about his grandfather, grandpa herschel while he was coming up aging jim crow and have radicalized him to be living under jim crow in alabama while hearing about the fact that black people used to actually have a lyrical power and be in office including his own family. >> who was herschel cashin? >> that was my great-grandfather. a handsome man. in our family laure herschel cashin was the first black lawyer in the state of alabama and the architect of reconstruction. i grew up listening to my father repeat this over and
aircraft carrier, the uss enterprise, the most deck crated military ship -- decorated military ship in u.s. history next on booktv. commissioned in 1938, the enterprise was involved in 20 battles in world war ii-specific theater which included midway, guadalcanal and iwo jima. this is about an hour. >> good afternoon. i'm barbara peters, this is the poisoned pen in scottsdale, arizona, and it's our pleasure today to welcome back barrett tillman who is a local author in some senses because he lives in mesa, arizona. it's all one big happy family, but he's actually from oregon, and here's a few interesting things about barrett by way of introduction. he was first published at the age of 15, he's written 45 books or possibly more, but the figure that really blows me away is 600 magazine articles. wow. what do you do, write in your sleep? [laughter] >> well, i've been told that i laugh in my sleep, so writing would probably fit in as well. >> with awesome. in any case, his works of fiction include collaborations with best-selling authors harold coyle and steven coons, and he's won a whole stri
dream." both journalists, extraordinary man, you're both in their 70s now? >> almost. together, at the scene for over 40 years at the very top of american journalism and absolutely held up as a paradigm of american investigative journalism. this is truly a book that you can't stop reading. i read it, and i had great, great interest. "the betrayal of the american dream." thank you so much. >> that was "after words", booktv's signature program, in which authors are interviewed by journalists, public policy meiners, others familiar with the material. "after words" interviews airs on 10:00 p.m. on saturday, 12 and 9:00 p.m. on saturday common 12:00 a.m. on monday. you can also watch "after words" online apple and click on "after words" in the booktv series and topic list on the upper right side of the page. up next, jefferson morley and his book, "snow-storm in august." francis scott key come who authored the star-spangled banner defended slavery in his prosecution and saw capital punishment only to be thwarted by the alleged victim, anna thornton, whose husband william thor
currents in the way we saw world war ii in the '40s than we saw it in the '90s where we were very reluctant to look at a critical appraisal of the war. >> [inaudible] >> the one thing i'm missing is what happens to the existential in the abyss and the sense of nothingness with all the books and the memorials in their own way of the meaninglessness and the astonishment that came from all the death of the second world war, from all the horrors of hitler, before the bomb. this theme seems to be completely absent in the discussion we're having now. >> so you didn't read the book. [laughter] >> [inaudible] >> you get a b+. i talk a little bit about that, and your point is a very good point. i do talk about this. there was an attitude here and throughout the world coming out of world war ii that where the hell are we going with our futures? okay, we won. the good guys won, japan and germany had evil regimes. america, thal lice, you know -- the allies, fine. but what about the larger implication that whether you were american or german had such tremendous capacity to kill massive amounts of people
favored u.s. investors' overseas over american orders, the decline in the bargaining position of american workers union and nonunion and more recently the cuts and shredding of the social safety net. we know why this happened. there have been books including mine. but they're is a question that normal people laugh to this proposition. if ranges were flat and the economy was stalled for the middle-class, white it looks so get? why in the 80's and 90's, ups and downs, but people flocked to the balls, brought cars, houses to max kutcher. well, there are two main reasons for that. one is family income as opposed to our the wages kept up because families said more people to work. that strategy is now exhausted. more women now lever force the man . to the second reason, i'm sure you'll remember, the debt boom, the credit boom. so your wages are flat, you're not doing as much in terms of earnings is a parent's mind been , but you have access to easy credit. well, after the crash in 2008-9, that bubble is bursting. it will be at the most optimistic a generation before the public, the investors an
and so started the polish solidarity movement and in the 1990s saddam decided he should have 19, not 18 provinces so he moved into kuwait on the second of august in a 1991, just to make sure we grab things out, that was the revolution in russia that brought down the gorbachev government, a short-lived one and of course the revolutionaries in charge a few days later were offended. so nothing ever happened in august sort of like the old credit card the movie eight years ago, grand hotel, nothing ever happens. we can offer lacks and enjoy the rest of the summer. that said, what i would like to do today is very briefly talk about why i wrote the book and what it aims to do. and then pick out three of the more pressing and problems. talk about them a bit and then wind up with overall some of the things that are particularly moving us toward global nuclear zero. i decided three years ago to begin the process of writing this book. because it occurred to me that it was an opportunity that i don't believe had really existed in earlier decades. web strategist had in the immediate generation after
thornton. her husband, william gordon designed the u.s. capitol. this is just over 50 minutes. [applause] >> thank you to c-span for hosting this event. they were never anything less than enthusiastic about having me. nevertheless, i landed here. i want to tell you a little bit about the book. book. it's nice to be here and see so many old familiar faces. minneapolis, i have this feeling of what a special place this was. there are a few people that probably remember the place is not agree with me. so it's always nice to be back with old friends. i will really date myself here. i even attended an advanced placement class at the old west high school, which is right down here on hennepin. you have to be really old to remember when the high school was there. [laughter] you know, people have asked me a lot, they said why did you write this book so long ago and i usually say because it is just a great story. it's a story of what happens in the events themselves are so amazing and as a writer, i would never dare to make them up. when i realized that they have all happened, but it was really ter
of the 1915s based in memory for most americans, religious right extremists have become more shrill about the massive cultural changes the have taken place over the last two decades and will surely continue and the increasing contempt for social tolerance and personal liberty which are hallmarks of limited government they profess to believe in indicates they are no longer reliable partners or allies for those republicans and conservatives who do believe in limited government and individual rights. the three lead stool symbolizing the republicans, traditional republican coalition made up of economic conservatives and national conservative than social conservatives is broken and it will and it should remain broken until social conservatives give up their efforts to remake america. another issue, huge under the radar controversy in the evangelical community in a section in glass houses of social conservatives. the evangelical community, when they pontificate about the sanctity of traditional marriage not raised by the president of the southern baptist theological seminary. he wrote famously
in gettysburg in the 1960's. people were sitting around and enjoying a quiet morning over coffee and so forth antonette period rusty period rusty brown and dr. mccann picked up a lot of things that delight eisenhower did conversationally and one of the comments they made that really stayed with me and i reproduced it was his highest praise for anybody was to call you able and what he was trying to do was to deflate the language. he felt that everything was being inflated in the 1960's, our notions of drama on the national level. in fact, a very telling book, a very searching an interesting book on the year 1968 by a trio reddish writers entitled american melodrama. what eisenhower is trying to do and i think he was doing this is as president as well, was to restore a sense of proportion and so being very able. i want to add something to what doctors miss that about campaigning. i spoke to a lot of, spoke to a lot of my grandfather's colleagues over the years including eisenhower's books in one particular was when paul was in theater -- and i interviewed him in oyster bay new york very close t
in the 1990s when there was an emergence of a new kind of talk radio we hadn't really heard before up until the 1990's we had strayed ahead public affairs on television and the newspaper. we the emergence of emotional, very kind of, you know, mass media that was emerging. i had gone home to see my parents in oklahoma, and my dad had been very upset and angry, i could hardly talk to him anymore. and i couldn't figure out what was going on. what had gotten in to my dad. it was almost like we lost our father. we couldn't talk about anything that had to do politics. he turned on the radio and one of these stations. with one of these hosts that likes to blame one side for everything, calls them names, and i said, dad, do you mind if we turn that down while i'm in the car. he said, i want to hear the news. and i realized at that moment, there were a couple of things going on. one is because for many decades mass media in the hoc tried to be -- to some success of neutral. there's a lot of argument about whether or not you can even be objective in any sense within the scholarly world. most people s
-thirds and three-quarters without both parties being on board. the great amendments of the 1960's, for cybill, the great iconic statute of the 1950's, the civil rights act of '64 and voting rights act of 65, the fair housing act of 68, republicans and democrats in the spirit that you are calling for coming and one of the things we are talking about is the sponsoring institutions for this extraordinary conversation, and that as the national archives. i think that the framers of the constitution who were attending their regime studied what has gone before. they studied the state constitution and the salles which ones work and which ones didn't. they put their constitution to a vote so let's put our constitution to a vote. most of the constitution have three branches of government. but still with that. the independent executive works well for massachusetts and new york let's build on that and so on. the bill of rights and george mason, virginia bill of rights. abolition of slavery occurred in various states, and then out of for a lesson, so what has gone before us clacks we have a duty to the fu
a lot of teachers retire in their late 40s or early 50's. but if you care about getting dollar spent on the classroom that is a bit of a problem in the state facing a tremendous budget crunch like michigan is but when the legislature propose raising the minimum retirement age not to 65 social security h.b. 260 the michigan education association used their political clout to kill the bill. if costs were going to be cut by one of those cuts to go elsewhere. they wanted taxes to go up. that is what it's been happening in wisconsin. in wisconsin school districts districts and municipality simply didn't have the power to roll back some of those union benefits so they only solution to keep a service is going was higher taxes. unions were fine with that it wasn't until scott walker reforms which they protested vehemently and the school districts and municipality's gave the ability to get control of their budgets to bring cost and that is when we saw property taxes fall. government exists to serve the people. protecting the public in giving children get education not be good for cutting into
unfairly in the workforce? >> guest: there certainly were. it was time in the 1950s and 60s. you can see just advertised that one salary for man and another gallery for women. the original feminists were congratulated on ending that. as many of your listeners know, there were times when women cannot even grow. there were times when women, when they got pregnant were fired from their jobs. feminists had to be congratulated for having moved the goalpost and changed all that, change the culture in the workplace. but now, feminists want to move the goalposts further and say that there is discrimination if there is no equal outcome. discrimination at 50% of ceos are not women. there is even discrimination and construction -- 50% of women being construction workers. men and women make different choices in the work sections. they make different choices in education. you see one young man majoring in math and science. one young women majoring in, actually gender studies, literature, fields that are not going to pay as well as math and science. when they enter the workplace, you see more women go
sources i found were these letters of migraines that one of the journals collected as people and the 1900s who are looking for places. in the chicago defender, the black newspaper der played a role in encouraging the migration and people wrote things like looking for a place, you know, this kind of work for that kind of work that one of the letters that struck me, which i think i quote i was looking for a place where i can be a man or a black man can be treated like a man. people thought that in this place it was a segregated, not like he was in the south. you can go to integrated schools, vote there. and you could make a real living wage. it was a huge vibrant social or religious life there. i was going to say that when michelle obama's ancestors got back from the southside to show he finishes this site a sad your ssi guy, it looks nothing like a day. her great-grandmother, martin johnson arrived in chicago sometime around 19 awake when the southside was predominately white. >> so there is a renaissance story that is the chicago renaissance. i want to read your description of that because
and you put them underneath the aircraft, all those american f-15s m-16s, and you don't have to have a fancy safety devices because they won't have time to figure that stuff out. now you've got close proximity, hundreds of miles away in some cases, with supersonic jets, small countries with the small number of nuclear weapons can obliterate them. and very little communication. there was no hotline in 1962. that was bad enough when soviets one to send a message to the ambassador wanted to send it to moscow. they gave it to western union and you hope the kid didn't stop to see his girlfriend on the way to the office. so it was very much a catch as catch can. go before by people with nuclear weapons and they're all work and have no margin for error. the permutations are very, very scary, to say the least. so ultimately the only resolution of this is to stop iran from getting nuclear weapons and the revolutionist it is not going to honor any agreement it makes to advance me. you have to get regime change, and preferably brought about from within. but the lesson out of this, broader lesso
guys and the robber barons of the 1890s. conservative see a chubby person and they think lay off the bread. would it kill to you have to have a salad. liberals see it and think we should establish new federal programs and guidelines to curve the program. who do they blame? mcdonaldss. why? they sell delicious cheeseburgers and frees and a lot of other things. even the beloved happy meal is under assault by politicians around the country and some who call themselves scientists. one group in a very vicious sounding name, the center for science in the public interest threatened to sue mcdonald if they didn't stop selling happy meals. inspect typical nanny high beshly they equated it child abuse and child molestation. it is the stranger in the playground outing out can city to children. it's a creepy and predatory practice that warrants an injunction. it was gardener's statement that sounded creepy. the fact is liberals hate mechanic donald and the competitors because they symbolize everything about america they loathe. the ability to deliver high quality in a convenience and speed a
ten seconds -- >> in the 1980s. those steps, our side will argue, led us to a much worse spot, and it would be much better for the country as a whole if it shed this albatross. >> thank you very much, mr. frank. very good. prison. >> well, now we will hear from mr. stephen moore, the defending attorney. mr. moore is the distinguished member of the wall street editorial board and author of many books and several co-authored with art laffer. he received his ma from george mason university, he is a strong advocate of the flat tax, social security privatization and free trade. he is considered one of the premier supply-side economists in the united states. mr. me, will -- moore, will you give us your opening statement? >> thank you, your honor. >> very good. >> thank you, members of the jury. i would like to start by saying i believe this trial is a farce and a miscarriage of justice. i work for "the wall street journal" so, of course, i'm going to defend wall street. i would submit and our defense, your honor, boils down to this: that it is the wrong people and the wrong institut
and are or for having been over a decade a contributor to the news channel are also from his earlier career at u.s. news, reader's digest, "washington post" at the highest levels of american politics in commentary but i would like to mention previous books because i think the books he has written are important and continued to be and should be read today. his most recent i believe is entitled our first revolution, a remarkable people who inspired america's founding fathers, a book about the revolution which everyone should know more about. >> history, our country the shaping of america from roosevelt to reagan. we live in historical times. this book is an excellent section to the politics of that period and of course michael is the principle co-author of the annual almanac of american politics from the "national journal" group, the leading i think it's fair to say commentary and when you read that look you wonder, how does michael know all of that about every dam district in the country? it's an amazing book that i recommend to you. michael barone. [applause] >> you thank you very much and thank you for
the mid-1950s when we finally were in will to the reader palms and love her palms unedited and in the way she had meant. >> it was doing the editing. >> as professional editors like to take their pen and make you could for. for amelie of all people that was an awful construction >> roberta shaffer, associate librarian of the library of congress. "books that shaped america." first and independence avenue in washington d.c. right across the nation's capital. the library of congress will have an exhibit, getting your input on books that you think help shape america. stop by and record your thoughts >> criticisms of the obama administration and a touch of the current state of the country she speaks of the women's national republican club in new york city for about nine or. >> monica crowley is the host of political foreign affairs analyst for the fox news channel . the most of the nationally syndicated radio program the market rarely show. she also has been a regular panelist on the mclaughlin group she shares -- served as foreign policy assistant to former president rick -- richard nixon fro
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